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  1. 7 points
    I work part-time at a local garden center, and am often asked to make something for a store display. These items have to be reasonably cheap, look good, and last at least for the length of time the display is up. IF they survive a year in storage, they may be re-used next year. This time it was a fireplace for the Christmas season. A few knotty pine boards, some left-over flooring from our kitchen, and a couple of pieces of plywood, and we have this! The structure around it was a project from about six years ago, and is a permanent fixture. John
  2. 7 points
    My first project for the store.... Christmas 2006. One of the girls at the store did the paint job. Two sheets of 3/4" plywood and a piece of pine (seat front) from an old bunk bed. John
  3. 5 points
    Joeb41

    Competition range case

    I made some progress on my range pistol box this weekend. The carcase is made from 1/4" and 1/2" Baltic birch. The finish is clear lacquer on the inside and Rustoleum hammer finish on the outside. The UHMW strips are for the gun tray to slide into. The cover will be attached with piano hinge. I made the box as a solid box then cut the lid away. These are the fingers that will lock the guns into place for transport. They slide on the two runners and a 1/4" threaded rod will act as the clamp. The tray is complete. The dado in the side will slide onto the UHMW strips in the box, very smooth. I had thought of using mechanical slides but I am trying to keep the weight down. I hope to have it completed by Thursday and will post some photo of the finished box. Thanks for looking.
  4. 5 points
    Thanks, everyone. Yes, Christmas is THAT close once again! The owners of the store do drop in once in a while and sometimes comment on our decorations, but they (husband and wife) are much too busy with the wholesale side of the business. We (retail) are a very small part of the whole thing. Our manager is a personal friend, and it is she that I work for. My wife is the "plant manager", she does all the ordering for garden plants every spring. Our wholesale division has about 15 acres of greenhouses, and raises bedding plants, hanging baskets, and poinsettias by the hundred thousands every year. Our annual open house is this Saturday, when we have two guided tours through the whole compound. Some pictures from previous Christmases... John
  5. 4 points
  6. 4 points
    carpet got installed this week and furniture moved in. Awaiting some artwork for the walls and then it's done.
  7. 3 points
    HandyDan

    Bad day at the office?

    This one? Laurel & Hardy
  8. 3 points
    Stick486

    When I buy a tool;

    you liked that one... this should make you feel spastic all over...
  9. 2 points
    Since my brother and his wife retired, they are spending more time experimenting with various cuisines. I though I'd get them a micro-plane/grater for the kitchen. Rather than just buy the completed item, I ordered the planer/grater and made the handle. In the past, I sent them various kitchen/serving utensils so this handle would reflect the previous designs. The biggest disappointment, with this particular grater, was that the handle was designed to be permanently attached to the grater using epoxy. In my opinion, handles should be detachable so that the metal portions can be adequately cleaned without damaging the handle. Fortunately, the threads on the grater were standard 3/8 x 16 so creating a better solution was pretty easy. I started with a piece of maple, squared into a turning blank. Then drilled the end of the blank to accept a 3/8 x 16 brass threaded insert- this will allow the grater to removed and placed into the dish washer. The insert was installed on the drill press using a shop made bottle stopper mandrel. The insert can be seen in this photo- The handle blank was then prepared to receive contrasting walnut inserts. The insert slots were cut on the table saw using a simple angle jig to hold the blank in the proper orientation. The blank is cut four times, using a single pass thru the blade. The depth of the cut is arbitrary but between 1/4 and 1/3 the thickness of the blank produces a nice pattern. The inserts are glued into the saw kerfs. the inserts are 1/8" thick and just long enough to extend past the end of the kerfs at either end. Once the glue dries, the inserts are trimmed to be flush with the blank sides. I trimmed these on the band saw. They don't have to be perfect. Trimming just makes the turning process a little easier. Now it's just a matter of turning the handle. I used the bottle stopper mandrel and a Jacobs chuck to mount the blank in the head stock. The inserts create a "twist" pattern as the blank is rounded Shaped the blank Finished with a bunch of layers of wipe on poly And the grater screwed into the handle Now I need to make something for my Mom.
  10. 2 points
    John Morris

    Tool help

    Thanks for dropping in Jay! And thank you for your service! I am out in the field right now, when I get in tonight I'll be at my desktop PC, I'll do a little research. Thanks sir! Meanwhile please drop me an email at johnmorris@thepatriotwoodworker.com and if you will, in the email I'd like to read more about the type of disability, cause, how, branch of service, and any other information you would like to disclose. I look forward to hearing from you Jay!
  11. 2 points
    steven newman

    Cherry Box of Squares,lid work

    Ok, time for the "late Edition", Went back down to shop for a bit....had a little more work I could do.. Yeah,,, ugly things. We have ways of flattening this out.. Called a Jumbo Jack plane. Jack plane on steroids. The weight will help keep the board down onto the bench. Have to do both faces, and even a few smooth plane passes... Until I get these four slats, fairly straight, and smooth.....enough to at least work with them. But, there are those edges.. Back to the Jumbo Jack. Make one side straight, and then gingerly flip the sammich over, and do the other edges. Without any of them moving around...mallet comes in very handy.. Testing the fits... Have to allow for joinery on the ends. Longer sides were ok for length, had to trim the shorter two a bit......Stack all the mess up into one spot.. Have a few more jobs to do with this mess...dovetailed corners, a Stanley #45 to plough a groove for the panel, size the panel and raise it, Might take a day or three..."Say Goodnight, Gracie"
  12. 2 points
    lew

    Cherry Box of Squares,lid work

    At least it wasn't the starter on a 2002 caddy
  13. 2 points
    HandyDan

    Bad day at the office?

    All old(to us) hand tools. Film was from 1933 according the title. He was getting some nice shavings off the plane before he tore through the trousers.
  14. 2 points
    That could be my motto! John
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    or one of these...
  19. 2 points
    Dadio

    Cherry Box of Squares,lid work

    Sorry to hear about your van. Hope you weren't stranded somewhere when it happened. I can't work on my vehicles anymore with all the high tech stuff on them. Herb
  20. 2 points
    Stick486

    When I buy a tool;

    groan....
  21. 2 points
    Chips N Dust

    When I buy a tool;

    How much shop can a shop vac suck if a shop vac sucks shop
  22. 2 points
    Smallpatch

    Something I mentioned some time ago

    And once they try something, that's it. They are stuck with that product and brag on it and never even think there might be something out there better, but no, their mind is made up.... This is the last drift I got from the old timers. Well, someone not a turner, is trying to change our minds, heavens to murg- a- -troids I don't hardly ever turn, except substantially in bed, but when I do I don't like to see cracks that might screw up a good piece of wood I cut down then what ever I dabbed on the ends of the logs that didn't do the job it was put there to do. So stick your ear up here close and listen while I write down Aleene's tacky original glue, in the brown bottle I might add. It will only cost you numbskulls about two bucks to check me out...... I cut down this plumb tree some time ago, maybe four years ago ,maybe longer, and I can still stick a finger nail into this glue for it is still pliable. Aleene's was originally built for this reason, no it was not, it was originally built for craft making. This is probably the reason for the reasonable price tag. If it was included in you know whoses woodworking supplies we would see quite an increase in funds to get some to our garages... I just yesterday cut off some limbs and was out of the Aleene's glue so I thought I better dab something on the stubs for this hunk of wood might sit in the lathe for a month or two before I get around to it. I know, limbs , don't normally crack as does the ends. I heard that from a turner..
  23. 2 points
    I love my aircraft carrier sized bench for general everyday work. 48" x 84" top. Two layers of 3/4" MDF topped with 1/4" Masonite that can be swapped out when it gets too beat. It also serves as my out feed for table saw. The entire cabinet it sits on is closed storage with 4 doors.
  24. 2 points
    steven newman

    Cherry Box of Squares,lid work

    Did a little bit this morning, before errands get ran... I usually don't like to do tails first, because when I then do the pins... I forget which side of the lines to saw on, leading to something like this.. Not really that bad. Second corner, I remembered which side to run the saw on.....tighter joints.. I can fill those gaps with sawdust and glue. Second corner is mallet driven together. Went to Lunch, will leave the other two joints for when I come back after errands are ran. Will do pins first on those corners. Need to get these done, and dry fitted up...THEN I can size the raised panel and start on it. Need to dig out the Stanley45 and set up for 1/4" x 1/4" grooves. Panel will need some place to sit, after all....
  25. 1 point
    Cliff

    Dust Control Remote DIY

    I was looking at the Penn Industries DC controller. It's about a hunnert Dollas maybe more. But I opened the electrical panel on my brand spanky new Felder RL and oh boy is that intimidating. There's a lot going on in there. Relays that open on a timer because of the type of motor they use. The start capacitor has to be engaged till the motor spins up and then it has to be disengaged. I couldn't identify most the things in there. So I went back to the drawing board. I need a method that wouldn't fry my electronics and void the Felder warranty in the bargain. I made a pull cord start-&-stop gizmo. Yank on a cord and a lever trips the push button on the main panel of the DC. Worked Great. But it was not terribly expandable. I'd placed the pull handles for on/off centrally so it was OK. But it was dumb. The cord stretched and there was friction at each bend point. I called it the Three Stooges solution. Now I have an expandable solution that uses 12VDC to trigger two solenoids . One starts it up and the other shuts it down. They push the push buttons the same way one would using one's fingers. I padded 'em with neoprene to keep it soft touch. In case you are interested in doing this Two, 3.1 Kilogram force 12VDC solenoids from the Flea bay part # 271532419384 Momentary switches from the flea bay I got a bunch so I can expand the system to any workstation I please. part number 252407903739 and 201677209868 one, 12VDC 5A switching PSU Product # 352 from AdaFruit https://www.adafruit.com/products/352?gclid=Cj0KEQjwqfvABRC6gJ3T_4mwspoBEiQAyoQPkXiqS0SbDOUPPoV7d0WTWW2r1Y916vAaZ2pxSKPkaZcaAoGS8P8HAQ When buying little PSUs ya gotta be sure there's enough ooomph for the job the little wall adapters tend to have too few Amps to do much work. One 250 Foot roll of 18AWG 4-conductor unshielded thermostat cable from a local supply house About $40.00 This stuff is rated to control a 24 volt system so it's plenty big for this job. I bought a lot more cable than I'll prolly use. Some metal scrap bits and pieces I had around that I used for mounts. Some solder and that tubular heat shrink insulator material I didn't have any tiny metric screws to mount the solenoids so I re tapped them to 6-32 but that's just me refusing to get the right screws. Oh Look the first Switch It's made from whatever scrap I had around. I've got a ton of those tiny screws I found in a barn I used to own. Here are the solenoids: I did say something about using metal scrap left over from other things - - well it works great. I used two of the bolt holes on the machine to mount the rig. That was metric. There is even a feature movie directed by Cecil B Demille starring the beautiful Ha Nui Lee in a bikini, but for the moment Google says it's still processing it. so that'll have to wait I guess
  26. 1 point
    Steve Krumanaker

    It's been a busy few days

    I posted some picture a couple weeks ago of some walnut I'd scored. I spent the last few days working it into some bowl blanks. Basically I made a big mess in the back yard. I've still got three more little crotch pieces to cut into blanks but almost done. Did these this morning, some of them are near 20" diameter and may end up as platters, still haven't convinced myself a 20" bowl is a good idea. So far I've gotten just over 20 blanks, almost all of them crotch areas and I can tell there is going to be some really nice grain in them. Got my work cut out for me over the next few weeks though. It will give me a chance to practice with my coring system. I've still got two more huge sections of walnut to get home. They are big enough, I'll have to work them down before I can even load them in my truck. Figure there is another 20 blanks or so still to be had. Steve
  27. 1 point
    steven newman

    Bad day at the office?

    Have no idea how to post this video......Laurel & Hardy short called "Busy Bodies" And you think YOU had a bad day at work? Try having a shave done, with a block plane.....
  28. 1 point
    steven newman

    Cherry Box of Squares,lid work

    Nursed it home. Got the repair finished this morning, no leaks have been found, yet. Still burning off what had sprayed around...all over the engine. Had my son do the work this morning. Drove it to do a few errands.....no steam bath going on. Might have it fixed? Maybe after a bit, I can mosey down to the shop?
  29. 1 point
    kmealy

    Bad day at the office?

    some of the very best physical comedy ever
  30. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    Another pallet project??

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/alaska-airlines-just-flew-across-the-country-using-wood-chips/ar-AAkkvbF?OCID=ansmsnnews11
  31. 1 point
    HandyDan

    Another pallet project??

    The seats could be made from pallets and used if a situation arose where the fuel was running low.
  32. 1 point
    HandyDan

    Tabs on the Weather...

    Sun is shy this morning. 20% chance of rain today with middle 50s for the high.
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  34. 1 point
    HARO50

    When I buy a tool;

    Now THAT is a "Must Have"!!!!! John
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  36. 1 point
    Great job! The displays look beautiful. Also a reminder......Christmas is that close.
  37. 1 point
    Nice work John. The store owner has to be thrilled.
  38. 1 point
    Great job on both!!
  39. 1 point
    Gene Howe

    Competition range case

    Great gun box. Hurry up. We want to see it completed and full.
  40. 1 point
    steven newman

    Cherry Box of Squares,lid work

    I think I'll take a day or two off.....van blew a radiator hose......might take all day tomorrow getting a new hose on. Some idiot had glued the hoses on, and then added those squeeze style clamps...and that Town & Country is a royal PITA to change any hoses. Hole blew in the upper hose. Have the engine end of it off (almost) but the radiator end is buried back under a bunch of stuff.....Who the H designs these things...anyway? Aught to make THEM change that hose....maybe next time, they will make things easier to fix.
  41. 1 point
    The 'stone' on the fireplace is laminate flooring. I had several pieces left over, and a friend had used the same one in HER house, so there was enough to do the hearth and the surround. I don't waste much! The 'stone' on the floor is concrete paint. Thank you for all the kind comments. John
  42. 1 point
    yes.... I tried to cover all bases more than once... couldn't do it.. what worked today was a pain tomorrow... too wide and you make a lot of trips around the table because of reach.. too narrow and stuff doesn't fit like your dresser...... drop leafs were the best move I ever made... solved a lot of issues... so easy to do.. something to consider.... we may be the same height but I only have a 30'' inseam.... our MMV (Mileage May Vary) because of this... any way to do a rough mock up you can use on a project or two...
  43. 1 point
    John Morris

    Boulders

    It's the real deal Chips, the whole hill is a boulder. Dig down a couple feet below the dirt surface and you hit granite. This is typical landscape here in Riverside County, we have boulders all over the place, we even have boulders that stick out of our desert floor, just out of nowhere it seems. We'll be out there tomorrow and I'll take a better image in context with all the other boulders around it. Also, the hill is at original grade, never plowed or graded.
  44. 1 point
    Yes, my first workbench I inherited from a prior tenant who left it in an apartment. When I got to make my own a few years later, I made it about 3" higher than plan. I could immediately tell the difference in how my back felt. My table saw too, is raised up about 5" and everyone else's just seems way too low. So, would 40" be a good compromise?
  45. 1 point
    Display looks great. I suppose the part you made was the fireplace? The brick look was that the flooring,vinyl ? You did good staining to match the trellis. Herb
  46. 1 point
    lew

    Cherry Box of Squares,lid work

    Goodnight, Gracie Gonna be a nice box!
  47. 1 point
    Stick486

    For the Dog Lovers

  48. 1 point
    oldwoodie

    Coveralls

    I never wear any extra type clothing, never had a problem blowing off dust, and never been scolded when I bring her something I have made for her, and I don't worry too much about a little bit of dust and shavings in my pants' cuffs since they don't have cuffs. The problem dust gives me is it makes my head itch if I don't shower and shampoo daily. Course I mostly work with mahogany, and I guess that is what does it. If I can just keep my old machinery going, I will continue to be happy with the shop work.
  49. 1 point
    I can see why she likes them. Let's her create her art with your art. Steve
  50. 1 point
    Cliff

    Dust Control Remote DIY

    here it is. I couldn't get the model release for the hot bikini models so ~ ~ ~ ~
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